5 Tips to Help Your Mentoring Relationship Be Successful

December 15, 2017
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A traditional mentoring relationship revolves around two parties- the mentor and the mentee. Each of these individuals has a specific ďjob descriptionĒ associated with their role and each role must be fulfilled in to have a successful relationship. Mentoring program rely on these successful relationships to see positive results.

Here are 5 tips to help your mentoring relationship be successful.

Define Expectations

There are expectations for all types of relationships, and mentoring relationships arenít any different. The mentor and mentee must work together to make sure that expectations are revealed at the beginning of the relationship and that these expectations are realistic for both individuals. Once expectations are clear, goals can be set, and achievements can be accurately measured.

Open the Lines of Communication

Being open with your mentor or mentee is going to set the tone for your relationship. To effectively work together and be successful there must be open and honest dialog always. If the mentor canít make a meeting, they should let their mentee know as soon as possible. If the mentee doesnít feel like they are reaching their goals, they should give their mentor feedback to help improve the process. These types of open communication can help to resolve issues before they arise.  

Maintain Trust

Without trust, there is no way for your mentoring relationship to be successful. Building this trust, especially with someone you do not know, takes time and consistency. If you are reliable as a mentor or mentee, your partner will feel more comfortable with their position in the relationship and trust that you have their best interest in mind.

Be Engaged in the Relationship

The mentor and mentee must actively participate and be engaged in the relationship. If only one party is fully committed, the relationship will not succeed. Both parties should listen and learn from the experience to provide the best support for each other.

Be Positive

Because this relationship involves open and honest feedback, you arenít always going to like what your mentor or mentee is going to tell you. Itís important to remain positive and take the feedback constructively and in the spirit that it is intended. This will allow the focus to remain on the objectives of the mentoring program.

Whether you are a mentor or a mentee, itís important to do your part to make the mentoring relationship successful. Participating in a mentoring program can be mutually beneficial if everyone works together.

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